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Fairy Companion

A type of Side Kick. A character is accompanied by a Fairy Creature, usually of the tiny variety and not one of the mean ones (at worst, this character has a mischievous streak). The Fairy often lends a magical helping hand, which doesn't always work out as planned. Hilarity Ensues.

These seem to be extremely common in video games, to the point of turning into a Discredited Trope. One reason for their popularity among developers is that fairies are easy to work with; a speck of light with wings doesn't need much animation.

See also Exposition Fairy and Small Annoying Creature (for the particular one you're thinking of). There's often some crossover with Empathy Pet, Alien Scrappy, Sidekick Ex Machina, Fairy Godmother, and since fairies are generally depicted as cute girls or women, Fairy Sexy. Compare Mentor Mascot.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the manga Aqua Knight, heroine Ruliya saves a caterpillar from her brother when the two are children. The lucky bug metamorphoses into a butterfly-like fairy named Pinoque, who crosses paths with Ruliya again years later during her quest for knighthood.
  • One of the most notable Fairy Companions in anime is Cham Hau of the fantasy Humongous Mecha series Aura Battler Dunbine, who sat in the main character's cockpit and shouted encouragement to him. She's also the only character confirmed by Word of God to have survived the series' Kill 'em All ending.
  • England and Norway both have these, in addition to a plethora of other magical creatures.
  • The Berserk manga has two fairy companions — Puck, who accompanied Guts at the beginning but tends to hang around with Isidro now, and Evarella, who is Schierke's supervisor and tends to dish out magical exposition when Schierke is busy.
  • Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • In the manga, Dragon Knights, once the fairies are wiped out by a mysterious force, the surviving ones join up with the heroes.
  • Falan Fa from Garzey's Wing.
  • Rein and Fine from Fushigiboshi No Futago Hime got a pair in season 2.
  • The creator and staff of the above series liked Cham so much that she was given an Expy in their later, notably more Sci-Fi work, Heavy Metal L Gaim. Said Expy, Lillith Fuau, was even voiced by the same woman as Cham. Cham and Lilith even get to meet in Super Robot Wars 4 and Super Robot Wars Compact.
  • To some degree, Fool of Kaleido Star. The OAV hints he's actually the reincarnation of a human court jester who once had a Bodyguard Crush on the princess he once served.
    • Fool also counts as a deconstruction. He can be pretty annoying sometimes, his advice is not flawless, Sora thinks she has completely gone mad when she sees him at first, and when she falls in a state of wangst for a while, she actually stops seeing him until she picks herself up.
  • Lily of Kin'iro no Corda.
  • While not technically a fairy, Reinforce Zwei acts like this towards her Meister, Hayate Hayate. Certainly not helped by her 30cm-ish tall figure. She stops being chibi and becomes fully human sized by Force.
  • Primera from Magic Knight Rayearth helps Lantis with magic out of gratitude for his freeing her from rubble.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • The first team that Negi and Kotarou faced as prize fighters in the Magic World Story Arc of Mahou Sensei Negima! was a Tiger Man and his Fairy Companion. This particular fairy companion was a lot stronger than most of the usual ones, making effective use of plant based magic to entangle their opponents and fire massive beams. Of course, once the Tiger Man went down, she gave up immediately since she is just a small fairy.
    • Albert Chamomile (or Chamo-kun) doubles as this and an animal companion. He is technically a cat-elf fairy... that looks just like an ermine.
  • In Ojamajo Doremi, Doremi and friends all had one. Notably, we do not see Onpu's until the first episode of season 2.
  • In the Sailor Moon manga, each of the Planet Senshi has a Sprite that basically looks like a chibi version of their respective ward, though they never appeared in other continuities. At one point, Usagi/Serena was going to have a pet fairy named Diana, The idea was scrapped, but the name was retained for Artemis & Luna's daughter.
  • Combined with Ghost in the Machine to create the Guardian Charas in Shugo Chara!.
  • The Sweets Spirits in Yumeiro Pâtissière are fairies who have to partner with humans and help them make sweets in order to become pastry chefs themselves.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Film 
  • Jack is accompanied by Oona in Legend.
  • Allowing for cultural differences, Mushu the dragon in Mulan might count.
  • The Faun's helpers in Pan's Labyrinth.
  • Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather are a bit of this and a bit of Fairy Godmother for Sleeping Beauty.

    Literature 
  • Tiffany Aching, in the Discworld young adult novels, has the Nac Mac Feegle, who are probably best considered a warped take on this trope. Yes, they're technically fairies; they just happen to be six inch-high Violent Glaswegian "Pictsies!". Note, however, that calling them fairies in front of their faces is considered suicide.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Harry Dresden has what amounts to a Hero Secret Service of faeries led by Toot-Toot. Not really a sidekick as Toot-Toot only shows up occasionally.
    • In Summer Knight, though, Toot gives him a Fairy Companion to guide him to the Winter and Summer Ladies in exchange for the latest pizza. This fairy, which is to Toot-Toot what Toot-Toot is to Harry, leaves after she finishes her job.
    • Arguably his godmother the Leanansidhe, too, although as one of the Sidhe she's less a sidekick and more a very powerful and dangerous nonhuman sorceress who sometimes helps him because she's made deals or something.
  • Beatrice Shakespeare Smith in Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I by Lisa Mantchev is accompanied by 4 fairies throughout her adventures: Mustardseed, Cobweb, Peaseblossom and Moth, of A Midsummer Night's Dream fame.
  • This is also the basis for the novel How To Ditch Your Fairy. Most people have one, but they can't see or communicate with it. They only know that they have one because they have particularly good luck in one area of life.
  • The Francesca Lia Block novel I Was a Teenaged Fairy uses this trope as its basic plot.
  • Peter Pan accompanied by Tinker Bell. Trope Codifier if not Trope Maker.
  • Quite a few stories involving Santa Claus, such as The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus and Silver Spurs, give him Fairy Companions to accompany him on his sleigh ride. Usually, they unlock the door when the house doesn't have a chimney. (Such stories make you wonder why he bothers with chimneys at all but that's another matter.)
  • In the first book of the Sword of Truth series, Kahlan has a companion by the name of Shar, who is a night wisp. Shar helped Kahlan keep her sanity when she traveled through the boundary, but as a result of the boundary, as well as Darken Rahl's influence and power, she and her kind are dying.
  • Subverted in the offbeat novel Top Dog. The hero (a dog) attends a meeting held by the evil side of the setting's battle between the forces of good and evil with a tiny sprite spy hidden in his ear. After the meeting, he sends her off to report what they have heard to the other good guys and she happily flies off and gets swallowed by a bullfrog.
  • Applecore from Tad Williams' War of the Flowers is a classic example.

    Live Action TV 
  • Subverted in Buffy's fourth season Halloween episode "Fear, Itself" when Willow tries to create a fairy to guide her and the Scoobies out of the haunted house and it ends up chasing her. Scary fairy.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Podcasts 
  • The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Spivey, a Lyrakien Cleric of Desna. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the PCs came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "Death Pixie", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, dispensing invaluable moral advice and trying to get the PCs to be nicer to each other.

Spivey: There'sacoupletravellersahead! Weshouldfeedthem.
Harold: Ah, Spivey! How do you fly with that heart of gold?
Spivey: Oh, well... Desna gives me wings!
Misty: Her heart is made out of gold?! How do you know? [Visibly starts to ponder whether she should reach in, pull it out and check]
Harold: Y'know, with the Good Outsiders, I wouldn't be surprised.
Misty: [Grabs Spivey and shakes her] She's not heavy enough to have a heart made of gold?
Koya: Misty, that's not how we usually hug!
Jade Regent, episode 13

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition can have that via leadership feat or as a familiar. Known fairy-like familiars include: Grigs (MM 1), Pixies (MM 1), Sylphs (MM 2), Thorn (MM 3), Petal (MM 3), Eladrin Coure (Bo ED).
    • This is also one suggestion for Pixie adventurers in the 4th Edition book Heroes of the Feywild. Of course, being Player Characters, they tend to be quite a bit more Bad Ass then most examples.
  • One kind of Azata (Chaotic Good Outsider) in Pathfinder looks like the iconic butterfly-winged fairy, and is available as a familiar to characters with the Improved Familiar feat.
  • Muses in Talislanta are accompanied by Sprite-like creatures called Whisps. Which is amusing, as the Muses themselves are fairy-like, making them and the Whisps each other's Fairy Companions.

    Theater 

    Video Games 
  • Agent Aika gives every player a fairy companion called a Pran. And yes, they do have their own personalities, and will frequently mouth off to your army commanders. They also have a bad habit of refusing to use their magic to help you at the worst possible time.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures has "Naggi the patronising firefly" pestering you with obvious at during the tutorial level, much to The Nerd's annoyance. Bet you can't guess who she's a parody of?
    Naggi: Hey! Listen! I'm Naggi The Patronising Firefly, and I'm here to help-
    Nerd: Oh fuck no...Go away!!
    Naggi: Press the "A" button to jump! Hold it down to jump higher!
    Nerd: Jump button to jump? You're a fucking genius! Now leave me alone!
    Nerd: (after shooting her) You want to hold my hand through a video game?? I'm the fuckin' Nerd! Bitch!
  • Fiona's ending in Arcana Heart showed her being accompanied by one in the Elemental World in her quest to become human again.
  • In the first two games in the Awakening series, Princess Sophia is guided by Mira, a fairy assigned to her by the Fairy Queen. Starting with the third game, Mira is replaced by a fairy owl named Ran.
  • The eponymous character of Astyanax has a fairy sidekick named Cutie, who drags him into another world to fight the forces of the dark wizard Blackhorn. She occasionally appears as a power-up item, allowing the hero to refill his magic supply, or change the shape of his magic weapon. She's also in love with him, and at the end she gets reincarnated as a human back in Astayanax's own world.
  • Bravely Default has Airy, the titularly "Flying Fairy." Just take off the "F" and you get her name! Take off the other F and you get her true nature.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has, among others, a summonable fairy familiar that can use items to heal you and cure status changes.
  • In Dawn of Mana, Keldy can't cast magic at all (and until near the end of the game, seems to be nothing more than a Badass Normal caught up in events beyond his control); his fairy companion Faye does it for him. It's eventually revealed that fairy + tree maiden + Mana Sword = Mana Tree.
  • In Dragon Quest IX, your Player Character has one of these. She is called Stella and acts as an adviser to the player.
  • Adara and other Sprites from the game Dragon Rage.
  • Leonard has one in Drakengard. Unlike many of the other examples here, this fairy is extremely malevolent and seems to have little purpose in life other than making Leonard's own life as miserable as possible, which kind of makes you wonder why he agreed to form a pact with the fairy in the first place.
  • In the freeware Roguelike Dungeonminder, you play as an unseen Fairy Companion to an AI hero.
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail gives us Fidget, an adorable nimbat who guards the Sword of Ahrah. She fills the role of Plucky Comic Relief and Fourth Wall Breaker. She uses a weak attack that becomes ridiculously powerful when combined with Dust's Dust Storm.
  • Silk from the Cotton Shoot 'em Up series.
  • In a stretch, Montblanc in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Doesn't get much more fairy in that setting than Moogles, kupo! Hurdy in the sequel fills a similar role, although he joins much later and isn't as vital to the story.
  • In the Japan-only Gaia Master series by Capcom, the fairy Variel acts as tutorial and referee. She's also a secret character in the Dreamcast game.
  • During the early planning stages of God of War, they were considering a subversion in a fairy companion that gets horribly killed in the second stage.
  • The various elemental Djinni in Golden Sun and its sequel.
  • Growlanser (the first) has Tippi, a fairy-shaped homunculus, who's basically a voice acted Navi. Her function is mostly to be an Exposition Fairy to compensate for the Heroic Mime, though she also has the lovely function of shouting things whenever you battle an enemy. Her little "IKKKEEEEEEEEE!!" is particularly annoying notable.
  • Guardian's Crusade has Nehani. Really, her gigantic crush on Knight is sweet and all, but she can be a bit of a nag sometimes. What kind of friend doesn't want you ransacking every house you find for treasure?
  • In Harvest Moon Exciting Animal March, the player character is followed around by Finn, the orange, flying, miniature sixth harvest sprite who gives the character advice and prods him or her to advance the plot.
  • Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards: Kirby does all of the work, while Ribbon collects the titular Crystal Shards until the True Final Boss battle and Ribbon + Completed Crystal becomes Kirby's Eleventh Hour Superpower.
  • Friday from Landstalker.
  • In La Pucelle, the pirate Homard has a fairy companion named Papillon. She has a massive crush on him and tends to get extremely jealous towards any other females Homard comes near.
  • Link from The Legend of Zelda is frequently accompanied by fairies. Unfortunately. Examples:
  • Back when Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was just a collection of mini-scenarios included in the Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever Lyrical Toy Box fandisk, Lindy took the role of a pixie that served as Nanoha's Fairy Companion.
  • In Mitsumete Knight, the Asian (the player's avatar) is followed by Piko, a fairy being originating from his heart, that only him can see. She's his sidekick since his young days.
  • Neverwinter Nights allows you to have a fairy as a familiar, she can be quite useful, as long as the quiet tinkling doesn't drive you completely mad
  • Issun from Ōkami can be considered a fairy companion, coming from a race of tiny, forest-dwelling spirits. At first glance he might look like a bug, but close-up shots reveal him to instead be a tiny man wearing a beetle shell as a hat.
  • The main character of Recettear is helped out by Tear, a fairy Loan Shark sent to collect on her father's debts.
    • The game explores why a species would devote themselves to helping humans out. Because humans were genociding The Fair Folk and said Folk figured this was the best way to have humans want to keep them around.
  • Kururu from Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure.
  • Lilli in RosenkreuzStilette
  • In Seiken Densetsu 3, the main character you choose will share a body with a fairy from the Holy Land. Said character will also double as The Chosen One. Fairies are also seeds for the Mana Tree.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne:
    • The protagonist's first demon ally is Pixie. Although, through the evolution and fusion systems, it can become any number of other creatures, some more horrible than others. However, keeping whatever creature would be considered the "descendant" of the original fairy all the way through the end of the Bonus Dungeon will cause it to turn back into its fairy form... but far, far more powerful.
    • Shows up again in the Digital Devil Saga Bonus Boss fight with the Demi-Fiend, clearly powered-up, slinging dark matter around. Mind you, the rest of his demonic allies are clearly not pixies!
  • And Pixie returns as the first mandated demon ally in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey.
  • Spyro the Dragon is traditionally accompanied by a dragonfly, named Sparx.
  • A cute, diminutive fairy princess named Sugar is one of the 4 Guardian Beasts a player can be accompanied by In the GBA game Summon Night: Swordcraft Story.
  • Super Paper Mario actually features a lot of different 'Pixl' partners who are basically powerups that can be switched out. You also have your (mostly) constant companion Tippi, who actually serves an important purpose in the plot...
  • Mieu in Tales of the Abyss.
  • Wonder Project J has an Exposition Fairy named Tinker, who's actually a mechanical construct.
  • In the World of Mana games in general, mana spirits sometimes manifest as fairy-like creatures.
  • One Way Heroics gives your player character(s) Iris the Fairy, who not only gives you helpful advice during the adventure, she will also provide post-mortem breakdowns and try to teach you better tricks whenever your adventurer eventually croaks. However, she can get all mopey if you neglect her while adventuring.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • The Fairly Oddparents basically uses this Trope as its premise.
  • Glitter the legwarmer-clad(!) Fairy from Kidd Video.
  • As mentioned above, Spryte from The Legend of Zelda TV series.
  • Glomer, the awful little Gremlin thingie in the Punky Brewster cartoon.
  • Rainbow Brite has her Sprites, especially Twink.
  • Winx Club has several different companions depending on the location.
    • The Winx got a bunch of Pixie companions in season 2, and they were popular to the point that they got their own Spin-Off a few years later. The pixies have all their own unique powers, such as Amore making people fall in love and Lockette having the ability to find things. They stuck around for season 3 and made an appearance for both movies.
    • In season 4, when the Winx opened the Love and Pet shop, they each got their own Fairy Pet. Aside from flying, they didn't have any powers, but they still tried to help the Winx on occasion.
    • Season 5 introduces the Selkies, who are similar to the Pixies in that they are more active in helping the Winx. Initially guarding the portals to each world in the oceans of Andros, they bond to the Winx and become their guides and companions in the waters and the Infinite Ocean.

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